John Cotton: May 2017
On Sunday, 28th May, our thoughts and prayers focused on Karibuni Children — the chosen charity of all the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist churches. The charity's chairman, John Cotton of Wingrave Methodists, had this to say:
"At Karibuni we've had a busy few months, with an eleven-strong work party of volunteers visiting Kenya in February followed by the usual visit by two Trustees. The work party, which included Rev. Helen Kirk and Paul Ingram, achieved a great deal. Some classrooms were re-roofed, and many were refurbished with walls and desks repainted. New friendships were forged, particularly with Kenyans, who provided accommodation. The work party members were able to take with them a large quantity of mostly new and some second-hand clothing and school supplies. On their way home they brought a new supply of the colourful patchwork bags and oven gloves which are proving to be so popular with our supporters. If you would like to see our full range of Kenyan merchandise do drop into our office at Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church on a Tuesday morning. You can check whether it is open by calling 01296 614887.
Joy Murphy had planned to help lead the work party and to join the Trustee visit. As many will know, she suffered a stroke in January and was unable to go to Kenya. The excellent news is that she has made a very good recovery and is already thinking about her next trip. She and we are grateful for your prayers for her.
Our merchandise will also be on display at our 2017 Family Fun Day, which is again being held at Hampden Square, Fairford Leys on Saturday 17th June (11am to 4pm). We will have a wide range of attractions, including children's games, a Circus workshop, the Ellesborough Silver band, two choirs and much more. Do put the date in your diary and join us that day — with any children or grandchildren you can muster! It's an important fund raiser for us and that's all the more important this year as the cost of food used by the projects in Kenya is rising sharply as a direct result of the current drought in East Africa.
We do so appreciate the support we receive from around the Circuit. Please pray for: in Kenya the staff and children in the projects we partner, for the Methodist Church in Kenya with whom we work closely and for the many people across Kenya affected by the drought; and, in the UK, for the many supporters who work so hard to raise money to sustain our work in Kenya."
Home-made cakes, tray bakes, etc. would be very welcome for the cake stall and also plants of any kind for the plant stall.
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